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Students pitch in to help Lions Camp Badger

Students pitch in to help Lions Camp Badger

Alfred State College (ASC) students in multiple majors recently rolled up their sleeves and got to work providing some much-needed assistance to a camp in Tioga County.

Located in Spencer, Lions Camp Badger focuses on providing services that “enhance the educational, vocational, personal growth, and independence of differently-abled youth and adults,” according to the camp’s website.

For an entire weekend at the camp, led by Building Trades Assistant Professor Mark Payne, Culinary Arts Instructor Brian Decker, and Building Trades Lecturer Jason Linn, the team of seven ASC students installed a 200-foot French drain, repaired drainage ditches to minimize water damage, completed spring cleanup, and installed a fence to restrict campers to a certain area.

student operating a bulldozer in front of a cabin

Students who participated include: Tyler Rouis, mechanical engineering technology, Ballston Spa; Tom Engle, heavy equipment operations, Conklin; Jacob Nohai, heavy equipment operations, Lagrangeville; Karl Platt IV, heavy equipment operations, Albany; Steven Lock, mechanical engineering technology, Silver Creek; Cody Decker, architectural technology, Fredonia; and Sara Perez, mechanical engineering technology, New York City.

Working at the camp, Payne said, offered Alfred State students a hands-on service opportunity that cannot be matched.

“Often, students from the trades work on projects such as this that directly relate to their course of study,” he said. “Students in other majors who are involved in these projects are then taught basic skills to work with the team and to contribute to project completion. We all enjoyed our time at Camp Badger and the extra time with students.”

Lock said he had a positive experience helping out Lions Camp Badger, noting he learned how to use a skid steer and worked with some terrific people.

Platt said he believes the experience was a great way for students to get out and help the community. It also provided a valuable learning opportunity.

“Some students learned the applications of basic land surveying equipment, while others learned how to operate a skid steer, as well as a mini excavator,” Platt said. “The students used this experience to learn, hands-on, new ways to use the machinery and processes of small-scale earthwork. I am happy we could help the camp. I know the students look forward to being able to help again in the future.”